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that my republican colleagues would leave the nation without -- >> and that hagel hostage. the filibuster is a valentine's day spoiler for departing secretary leon panetta. >> the second best valentine's present would be to allow sylvia and i to get the hell out of town. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell life in washington. the national rifle association has now launched a counter offensive against the president's emotional appeal at the state of the union. to put an end to gun violence. in a column published yesterday on a conservative web blog wayne lapierre from the nra announced a four-year communications and resistance movement, his words, to block what he calls a siege from the enemies of the second amendment. in washington to hear the president's appeal we'll be talking to mark kelly moments from now, but, first, to that breaking muse out of south africa rsh olympic sprinter oscar pistorius made sporting history by becoming the first track athlete double amputee to compete in the games, but today the blade runner as he is known, is charged with murder after his girlfriend was fatall
party was in trouble. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> michael: the senate is still wrangling over chuck hagel's confirmation for defense secretary, but this morning harry reid does in the have the 60 votes to overcome a republican filibuster. he needs five republican votes but so far he only has two, mike johanns of nebraska and thad cochrane of mississippi. so he took his colleagues to task in his own soft-spoken way. >> it's tragic that they've decided to filibuster this qualified nominee. it is really unfortunate. >> michael: you know, reid is of course not totally off the hook. he didn't push filibuster reform through earlier this year even though it looked like he had the chance to do so. but the ludicrous part of this whole thing is the reason why republicans are giving for opposing hagel is bengahzi. that this was a cover up after the ambassador was killed. they're alleging that chuck hagel was involved. not only is that a stretch but chuck hagel oversee something like this. they dignified the response. after both lindsey graham and john mccain said they were largely satisfied accordin
as senate republicans back in washington threatened to derail and deny his nomination of chuck hagel. we're looking live at the senate where moments from now they're going to take a vote that's likely to delay the confirmation of a much-needed secretary of defense for this country, a country, by the way, that's still at war, and we'll bring you that live. but first, we take you on an exclusive tour of wayne lapierre's new york. that's right. this is how the nra's chief executive describes the city of new york today in an opinion piece published on the daily caller beb site. after hurricane sandy, he writes, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. looters ran wild in south brooklyn, and if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark or you might not get home at all. yes. while nobody in this city recognizes that bogus, racist, and entirely mythical description of new york during the hurricane, mr. lapierre says ordinary americans are now at the mercy of everything from marauding latino gangs to urban thugs and drug d
! >>> the posturing around chuck hagel's nomination for a defense secretary, well, it's getting murkier by the minute. are republicans gearing up to deny an up or down vote for the pentagon kick before the weekend? >>> president obama's road show policy push hits atlanta today and we'll take a deep dive into the options and odds of the president having to fall back on executive actions, because his policies won't go anywhere in congress. >>> and the republican ruckus over karl rove's conservative counter-strategy is reaching a bit of a fever pitch. but is the core of this fight really about the messengers or the message itself? >> good morning from washington and happy valentine's day. it's thursday, february 14th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. let's get right to my first reads of the morning. it may be valentine's day, but not a lot of love for chuck hagel. next week a nato meeting of defense ministers is scheduled in brussels. but given the way chuck hagel's nomination is going, it's possible the u.s. may not have a new defense secretary there or leon panetta may be forced to g
, back in d.c., his nominee for secretary of defense chuck hagel is at the center of a senate showdown. even senator john mccain now backing away from his no filibuster stance of weeks past. the majority leader harry reid took to the floor of the last hour to make this impassioned plea. >> in less than two hours, our country will be without a secretary of defense. there is never in the history of the country been a filibuster of a defense secretary nominee. never. but it's shocking that my republican colleagues would leave the nation without a fully empowered secretary of defense. >> debate on chuck hagel is not over. i am going to fight the idea of jamming somebody through. i'm going to hit you and keep hitting you. >> every republican there voted against moving the hagel nomination out of committee. there has to be a reason for that. why is it we're having to rush in to the confirmation. >> so just two days after the president's call to action to congress on gun control, nra ceo wayne lapierre is expected to give his decision on the state of the union tonight. hold on to your hats, i
. >> debate on chuck hagel is not over. i am going to fight the idea of jamming somebody through. i'm going to hit you and keep hitting you. >> every republican there voted against moving the hagel nomination out of committee. there has to be a reason for that. why is it we're having to rush in to the confirmation. >> so just two days after the president's call to action to congress on gun control, nra ceo wayne lapierre is expected to give his decision on the state of the union tonight. hold on to your hats, it's going to be a doozy. he writes hurricanes, tornadoes, riots, terrorists, gangs, lone criminals, these are perils we are sure to face, not just maybe, it's not paranoia to buy a gun, it's survival. >> the republican party, if they were smart, their leaders today would condemn it, but they're not smart, they're scared. they're going to get hammered in future elections if they allow this clown to continue to lead them around by their nose. >> joining me now to talk more is wyoming's republican senator john barrasso also a member of the gop leadership team and chair of the republican
>>> let me finish tonight with the stalking of senator hagel. those who don't want this man as pentagon chief will stop at nothing. they're trying to slow the process of his confirmation, anything to give them time to find something to bring the man down. question, who are they try king to bring down? is it president obama's pick for secretary of defense? or is it the man the american people have chosen? is it about a confirmation or a desperate push to undermine the president's second term. listen to those attacking senator hagel and you'll hear the yelps of pain, this motley crew of neocons and the sun belt feel. what they hate, despise, really, is the fact that now in the history books, the american people voting in great numbers reject their war-reich jinglistic notions of what america stands for. their problem is with america's choice of who it wants to be president. who it wants to sign. and what we should be doing in this world. obama works for peace. he works hard for it. this crowd has other ideas. and that's "hardball" for now. happy valentine's, everybody. what a
emanuel on what is holding up chuck hagel. >> they successfully delayed chuck hagel's controversial nomination as secretary of defense. late today, procedural vote failed after senator john mccain had made the case for waiting until after next week's recess. >> i think that is a sufficient period of time to get answers to outstanding questions and i think that senator hagel after that period of time deserves a cloture vote and a uvote on his. >> i have valued your thoughts and your contributions. i think most all of us in public office feel that way. >> among questions, speeches like to one in june 13, 2008, before the arab american antidiscrimination committee that hagel did not disclose to armed services committee. earlier they blasted republicans for holding up hagel's nomination to lead the pentagon. >> it's shocking that my republican colleagues would leave the nation would a fully empowered secretary of defense. during all the things we have going on in the world, including a war. >> but panetta isn't leaving yet. and 60-vote requirement is not unusual, say republicans and rei
. >>> their other big news as well. a key vote on the republican's he have foirts to block chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary. that will take place this hour. >>> and the olympic athletes that many of you know as the blade runner now stands accused of murdering his girlfriend. we have new details about the shooting. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." you're looking live at the cruise ship carnival "triumph" that's off the alabama coast 30 miles right now from the port and it's moving again after sitting dead in the water for the past few hours. the tug line being used to tow the ship broke. it's just been replaced. that's good news. but we no longer know how many more hours the roughly 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members will still have to hold on. passengers have been sending cnn pictures of the truly horrible conditions on board. look at the floors stained dark with raw sewage. another picture shows a bag nearly bursting with filth. another photo shows mattresses out on the deck to get away from the horrible stench. martin savidge is live in alabama. i assume family
senator chuck hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of defense. >> on this vote the yays are 58. the nays are 40. >> confirmation remains in question. >> taken policy positions that i believe call into question the quality of his professional judgment on issues critical to national defense. >> senator john mccain and lindsay gram say they are opposing hagel about israel and troop surges in iraq which are at odds to u.s. policy. >> it was unnerving some of the things that came out of that hearing. created more questions and doubts than confidence. >> hagel, the former will you be pick an senator declined for appear to struggle in explaining decisions. >> we're right? >> i would defer in your judgment to sort that out. >> the committee deserves your judgment. >> republicans have sought to link confirmation to continued questions over the benghazi attack. white house responded to questions in a letter today while democrats tried to be opponents. >> we got a car going on in afghanistan. we need to have a secretary of defense in place. >> we need to get on and approve the nomination
familiar with the washington environment. let's start with the chuck hagel filibuster situation. senator mitch mcconnell said, i think the president is entitled to an up or down. that is simple majority vote on nominations, both to his cabinet and to the executive branch and also to the judiciary, clearly the republicans have somewhat changed their tune on the that. but if we do see, as we're seeing now, a sort of filibuster on nominees is this going to be the new normal now in washington? >> the consistency is not a virtue any longer, but what i'm surprised about with respect to the senate actions here, i serve there had the last 189 years, left two years ago, i served with chuck hagel, he served there 12 years and i'm very surprised that people who served with him in his own caucus, he caucused with them every week, they know him as a squad leader and infantry man who was twice wounded, he has two purple hearts by the way. they're suggesting somehow he's unworthy? it's unbelievable to me, every time you think this is sort of the nth degree of gridlock, i hope you dpind enough republica
, breaking news in an unprecedented, shocking move. republicans have filibustered a final vote on chuck hagel, president obama's pick to head the defense department. just four republicans join 54 democrats to support a vote on the nomination. now, you mugs know this is the first time in american history that a defense secretary nominee has been filibustered. forced to clear a 60 vote threshold. the president himself responded just minutes ago. >> chuck hagel, who, by the way, was a member of the republican caucus, a colleague of all of these folks who the republican leader mitch mcconnell and others consistently praised when he was still in the senate, has two purple stars -- two purple hearts, was an extraordinary soldier, was the head of the u.s.o., served on the senate floor relations committee. he is imminently qualified to be secretary of defense. and the notion that we would see an unprecedented filibuster, just about unprecedented. we've never had a secretary of defense filibustered before. there's nothing in the constitution that says that somebody should get 60 votes. the republican
effort for republicans to withhold the vote of chuck hagel. plus, thousands of angry people will be arriving at a port in mobile, alabama, today. it's day five of the disaster aboard the carnival triumph. we'll have the latest details from the worst vacation ever. >>> first, breaking news from overseas. involves one of the most visible competitors in the 2012 olympics. early this morning, a model was found shot to death at the south african home of oscar pistorius. he is known as the blade runner. the name of the suspected shooter has not been revealed. but a 26-year-old man, a man the same age as pistorius has been taken into custody. nbc's reporter is live for us in london. a crazy story overnight. what is the latest? >> yeah, good morning, bill. south african police say they received a call early this morning after reports that there had been a shooting at the home of oscar pistorius. they found paramedics trying to revive a woman. she died at the scene. it's believed that woman is oscar pistorius' girlfriend, the model. tributes have started coming in for her and her pub
in the nomination process for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. just a short time ago, a procedure vote to close the debate on the nomination narrowingly failed in the senate. president obama said republicans are playing politics while the nation is still at war. hagel has faced many challenges from fellow republicans. republicans also are demanding more information on president obama's actions on the night of the deadly terror attack at the u.s. consulate in ben ghazi, libya. they want that before they will confirm hagel. the next vote is likely to happen on february 25th. that's when congress returns from a resist. >>> prince george's county got a boost in its ever to have the fbi move its headquartered to green belt. metto says it has about 88 acres that could benefit from a federal agency locating there. no firm decision has been made about moving the fbi anywhere just yesterday. leaders in d.c. and virginia say they're putting proposals together. they wanted new fbi headquarters too. >>> a really nice day out there today, doug. i think we'll have more tomorrow, but look at that sun
-cents a share. bill: the stage is set for a fight over chuck hagel. senate democrats will hold a straight up or down vote on his confirmation friday in an attempt to break a republican filibuster, meaning that hagel will need 60 votes, five of them from republicans now, many of whom who threatened to block his confirmation. here is lindsey graham as to why republicans are not sold on hagel. >> the debate on chuck hagel is not over. it has not been serious, we don't have the information we need and i am going to fight the idea of jamming somebody through until we get answers about what the president did personally when it came to the benghazi debacle. democrats had no problem doing that with bush and quite frankly they did the country a service by probing into failure. bill: what is going to happen now, bret baier is anchor of special ror. how d special report? how are you doing. >> reporter: good morning, bill. bill: harry reid is talking about this potentially on the floor of the senate. if there is news we'll bring it to our viewers. graham says the debate is not over, it has
hagel is in serious trouble in this hour and expecting release of a new video at any time that could make things a whole lot worse for him. welcome to "america live" everyone. i'm megyn kelly on this special edition of "america live" on a thursday and we'll get to that in a bit. senate republicans appear ready to mount a full scale filibuster looking to hold up former republican senator chuck hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense. this at a time when the defense department is most in need of strong leadership, but the republicans have real questions whether this is the man to provide it. they accuse mr. hagel of hiding parts of his history, including at least two controversial speeches on the mideast and his thoughts about israel. and just within the past hour we learned that video of one of those speeches is expected to come out any moment now. chris stirewalt the is our fox news digital editor and power play.com. and lisa has experience in the middle east, counterterrorism and specifically iran. chris, i love the car nation, happy valentine's day to you both. and this is wha
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the secretary of state confirmed. they have foiled attempts to confirm chuck hagel, denying him the 60 votes needed. the nomination is hardly dead. it looks increasingly likely that the democrats will be able to muster the needed votes but they will have to take a 10-day recess. again. the republicans have blocked cluck hagel from being confirmed. >>> today is the day that singles tend to go looking for love. >> but you also want to stay safe and in the fall for a scammer on the web. make sure you guard your heart. never give out personal information to someone until you've met face to face. do your due diligence first. google potential dates. find out what you can about their background. keep high standards, and also make sure you check in with the reputable data sites only. steer clear of apps with compatible tests. they tend to have fees. >>> if you're looking for unconditional love, dogs and cats are the perfect partners. >> there's a valentine's day adoption special. from now until sunday, the adoption fee is being reduced to $44. >> just trying to share the love. we know that animals b
colleagues are demanding more information on issues including the attack on the u.s. consulate. hagel a former senator, his nomination was approved by the services committee on a straight party line vote. >>> the vatican says pope benedict xvi hit his head last year. but officials say it did not play a relevant role in his decision to resign. no one knew about the incident. the pope announced monday he is resigning at the end of the month. he is the first pope to step down in more than 600 years. >> a superde history last year in london is now a suspect in the shooting death of his model girlfriend. oscar was the first double amputee to compete in the olympic games. his girlfriend died this morning after a shooting at his south africa home. elizabeth is following the investigation for us. >> reporter: car made headlines last summer at the olympic games. now he's back in the news. this time being investigated in connection with the murder of his girlfriend. >> there was a shooting incident this morning. at this stage, a young woman did die on the scene of gunshot wounds. >> police arre
their love. they're showing their love for chuck hagel by filibustering his nomination. now they're showing their love for america's children by refusing to endorse universal preschool. their showing their love for workers by refusing to raise the minimum wage. they're showing their love for all americans by refusing to accept a reasonable compromise to avoid the sequester. in other words they don't love any of us. they hate us all! that's their valentine's day message. all right. we'll expand on that and a whole lot more on today's full court press. but today, we get the latest, the current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. good morning to you. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. the president is on his way to georgia this morning to talk about universal pre. doesn't is a proposal he unveiled in his state of the union address on tuesday saying he wants to ensure high-quality schooling for every 4-year-old in the country. today, obama is visiting a prekindergarten classroom at an early childhood learning center and then he's speaking at a community recreation center in geor
bucks or more on-line. president obama's two big nominees john brennan and chuck hagel facing resistance. a show down looming in the senate as democrats attempt to break a gop filibuster of the defense nominee chuck hagel. >> good morning ainsley, first things first that top job at the pentagon since we are one day closer to the devastating automatic cuts to the defense departments potentially being brought about by the sec quest tore on the first of march. even during such an uncertain time some republicans want to make sure the correct person is installed as defense secretary. they are ready to keep asking questions until they are satisfied enough to vote one way or another on chuck hagel. >> the debate on chuck payihage not over. it has not been serious. we don't have the information we need and i am going to fight the idea of jamming somebody through until we get answers about what the president did personally when it came to the benghazi debacle. i think democrats have no problem doing that with bush and they did the country a service by probing in. >> terri reed who is generally ok
this afternoon the president was thrown a curveball. he saw his secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel would be confirmed, but jonathan karl tells us it didn't happen. >> reporter: today was the day the president hoped he would have a new secretary of defense, but republicans blocked a straight up or down vote on his nomination. they don't like him for a lot of reasons, but their complaint today, was they said he didn't turn over enough financial information. the white house is calling this unconscionable and the president in an online chat said, quote, it's unfortunate this kind of politics at a time when i'm presiding over a war in afghanistan and i need a secretary of defense. this is a delay for the president. it's a setback for the president, but it's not a defeat. even hagel's strongest critic said he believes hagel will be confirmed, just not quite as soon as the president hoped. >> thanks so much, jonathan karl. >>> still ahead on "world news," all of us on this planet are about to see a close encounter. what former astronauts are doing to watch out for the planet earth tonight. i'm
same-sex marriage along with the district of columbia. >>> chuck hagel's nomination as defense secretary is facing a potential republican filibuster which prompted harry reid to force a vote tomorrow to end the debate over whether to confirm hagel. rand paul telling cnn they need to hold democrats to a higher standard here. >> if they're got -- >> hagel's nomination made it out of the armed services committee on a party line vote. >>> general john allen may withdraw his nomination to become the supreme allied commander of nato. in fact, a staff member's written statement indicates he is considering taking a brake to reunite with his family, maybe even possibly retire. general allen spent 1 months directing nato forces against taliban insurgents. last year embarrassing e-mails with jill kelly came to light during cia director's sex scandal. >>> there was emphasis on the staging. students here are actually on winter break this week. the principal e-mailed parents offering a one-day experience mimicking a normal school day to coincide with the president's visit. >> if you're in pr
over the nomination as former senator chuck hagel as defense secretary. republicans are threatening to block his confirmation. apparently he doesn't have the votes. the latest from capitol hill. we'll get the update on that. he made history as the first double amputee to compete in the olympics. oscar pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend. more on the breaking news ahead. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. jon: world class sprinter oscar pit tore just is facing murder -- pit tore just, is facing. made history as the first double amputee to compete in the olympic games. elizabeth prann is covering the story live from the new york newsroom. so many questions, elizabeth. what do we know right now? >> reporter: we know police took the olympic star, oscar pistorius into custody after they found a woman shot at least four times in his south african home. he may have mistaken stee
to stop chuck hagel from being confirmed as our nation's next defense secretary. no cabinet nominee has ever been filibustered in the history of our country. it takes a majority vote to confirm someone the president wants in his cabinet. no one has ever tried to filibuster that before. it has never happened. even though a bunch of republican senators do not want chuck hagel to be defense secretary, they have insisted they would never filibuster him, because of course that would be unprecedented. you don't filibuster cabinet nominees. john mccain said that. lindsey graham said that. they doan like him, but they would not filibuster him. now they are filibustering him any way. those two senators and james inhofe from oklahoma say they will force a 60-vote super majority threshold for confirming chuck hagel for the first time in america for any cabinet nominee. and that is a filibuster. but they are insisting that nobody call it a filibuster, because, of course, they said they wouldn't do that. they are filibustering a cabinet nominee for the first time in american history after saying the
he's talking about possibly delaying chuck hagel's nomination. and also wayne lapierre. this is very important. because if you look at the profiles of all the people that committed these mass murders in newtown and aurora and across -- virginia tech, they are all hispanic drug gang leaders. and that's exactly what wayne lapierre said in an op-ed that americans need to buy guns because those latin americans are coming to america, and they're going to kill you people. this is who a lot of republicans in congress are thinking about falling off -- don't do it. don't hurt our party anymore. let wayne lapierre go wherever he wants to go. he's going to destroy the party. we're going to talk about the crazy op-ed has horrible for our party's image, horrible for the conservative movement's image, goes against everything ronald reagan stood for. we'll talk about that in a minute. first, breaking news. this is bizarre. the feel-good story of the olympic games involved in possibly murder. >> this was a total jaw-dropper this morning. oscar pistorius, for those people who don't know, is a south a
capitol hill. republicans are planning to block chuck hagel's nomination for secretary of defense. democrats do not have the votes to break the gop filibuster. if it is blocked, that would lead the process in limbo. >> today marks two months since the sandy hook elementary school shooting. organizations marked the occasion with a rally outside of capitol hill. the children's defense fund and one million moms for gun control held an event. the groups are calling on members of congress to fast- track commonsense gun safety laws to protect children. >> ever since newtown, people have said, enough is enough. we cannot let any other teen or children die from gun violence or any american. >> they hope to meet with lawmakers to discuss fund -- gun violence statistics and get a voice to moms and children. the us department of education as a warning $3 million to connecticut, new jersey, new york, and new york city to eight and hurricane sandy recovery efforts. they will provide the hardest hit districts with the resources needed to establish safe environments for students. >> congress con
of chuck hagel tomorrow. some republicans say they'll vote no unless the white house provides more information on the benghazi attack. but hagel is expected to get the 60 votes needed for approval. >>> and there's a delay in the vote to confirm john brennan as head of cia. the top democratic lawmaker is demanding more details about deadly drone strikes against terror targets. last week, brennan defended the strikes in his confirmation testimony. but also said he welcomed more discussion on the controversial program. >>> meanwhile, the military has approved a new medal for members involved in drone strikes and cyber warfare. the new distinguished warfare medal outranks the bronze star, which is the fourth-highest medal for valor. and is usually awarded for heroic action on the battlefield. defense secretary panetta says it recognizes the current realities of war. >>> another drug tunnel between the u.s. and mexico has been shut down. this one was discovered in southern arizona. police say the crude, hand-dug tunnel is about 68 feet long and approximately 2 feet wide. more than 1,200
chuck hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense. hagel is expected to have enough votes to get past the senate filibuster and be confirmed as the top pentagon official. his nomination was met with criticism by some senate republicans. >>> well, just days after speaking to millions in an ash wednesday mass, pope benedict 16 will now meet with parish priests from rome today. he's expected to talk about his personal experiences during the reformist second vatican council back in the 1960s. he made a surprise announcement last week saying he would be stepping down from his position due to health reasons. the story is continuing to develop. >>> five things to know on this thursday morning. check your fridge before making your salad and heading off to work today because taylor farms retail is recalling some baby spinach because it could be contaminated with e. coli. it was sold around several labels. >>> the numbers have gone up 4% since 2002. in the study half the women who used the pill said they did it because they had unprotected sex. >>> passengers aboard a carnival cruise ship will
democratic leaders plan to vote on chuck hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense. this is clearing the way for him to become president barack obama's new pentagon chief despite opposition from some republicans. hagel is expected to have enough votes to get past the senate filibuster and be confirmed as the top pentagon official. he needs 60 votes to make that happen. >>> president obama is due to take part in google+ and the hangout where he will answer questions on his state of the union address. selected participants will ask questions about his address to congress and you can also and questions via the white house's youtube channel. the hangout will start at 4:50. >>> well, if you're a teacher some state lawmakers want to help you out. they want to give you a bigger tax break for school supplies you buy. the bill would allow teachers to write off as much as $500 for school supplies they purchase out of pocket. right now you get $250 from the federal government for those supplies. but the state doesn't have any such offer. similar bills failed in 2003 and 2004 and 2005 because th
. >>> senate democrat leaders are expected to vote on chuck hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense. a chairperson believes hagel has enough votes to get past the senate fill buster and be confirmed as the top pentagon first of all. the na plans to hold a news conference today in tennessee to respond to the president's state of the union address. on tuesday, the president called on congress to vote on a package of proposed measures including a ban on a sale of assault weapons and mandatory background check. >>> robin roberts will be on the cover of "people" magazine this week. inside the gma co-anchor talks about the battle with cancer. pick up a copy at newsstands beginning tomorrow. >>> today a collection of love letters between lyndon johnson and lady bird johnson will be available for the public to read. nearly 100 letters were written by the couple during their two month court ship back in 1934. they're going to go on display at the presidential library in austin. >>> it doesn't matter how old you are, valentine's day is a holiday everyone can enjoy. >> absolutely with that bei
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